As people who spend time in a kitchen, whether you bake, cook or just dabble- we all have things that are our absolute favorites. I have a favorite spoon, pot, knife, I even prefer to drink out of a certain glass! Thus I give to you: My list of favorite things, helped out by some Amazon links. By the way, Amazon is also one of my favorite things.
First: I do a lot of baking, and this often requires the use of a wooden spoon (if one is not using a stand mixer). As a gift-with-purchase, I received this set of bamboo spoons when I bought my pizza stone from the Pampered Chef..in 2006. They have held up so well!
My next favorite item is my stock pot. I have an unhealthy obsession with Le Cruset, but it is so way out of my price range. So how excited was I when I found one at TJ Maxx (Cuisinart, but just as good)! This pot is a workhorse in our kitchen, I even bake bread in it! Just like Le Cruset, it is cast iron and enamel coated, making it non-reactive and oven safe.
I’ve already mentioned that I bake, making a good set of measuring cups/spoons an absolute necessity. Gabe bought me a metal set of each for my birthday, to replace the old, plastic, and stained KitchenAid ones.
This is the set of spoons: I took them off the ring though, nothing is more annoying than trying to measure a liquid with a wad of spoons in your hand.
And the cups: They are flat, making leveling dry ingredients much easier than with my old ones. Plus they nest nicely, and fit well in my drawer.
A good saucepan is a necessity of every kitchen. We didn’t have one for a long time, but picked one up at Homegoods last year. This is not the exact same one, but is very comparable. Its tri-ply, meaning that the three layers of metal go all the way up the sides, not just the bottom. It’s a heavy pot, but great for making jam! And sauces of course.
When cooking, nothing makes things simpler than having everything prepped before you start heating a pan. I ended up with these prep bowls when I bought a set of glass bakeware. They get a lot of regular use. Mine are Anchor, not Pyrex though.
Last, every home cook should have a quality knife, and we have several knives that perform different functions. It is essential that they be as sharp as can be. Gabe is the official knife-sharpener in this house, and I assure you it is a skill worth learning- or convincing your spouse to learn. Nothing is more annoying than trying to dice an onion with a dull knife. We have 3 main knives that we use:
A Kuhn Rikon paring knife: only mine is green
A Kuhn Rikon chef knife: The best thing about Kuhn Rikon is that all of their knives come with a cover, this means they store easily in a drawer, without worrying you’ll cut yourself trying to find it.
And a Japanese style, wooden handle Nakiri knife: This is not the same one we have, ours was another Homegoods find; but this is a great all around knife, even if it’s purpose is for veggies.
What are your go to kitchen items?